INTERVIEW

Checking in with Portland's Rose Queen of 1957

Retired middle school teacher Alice Simpson, 76, was 18 years old when she was crowned. Here, she shares her memories.

04/27/2015 By Larisa Owechko

INTERVIEW

Local Journalist Reveals the Scandalous History Behind a Major Board Game

Mary Pilon on her new book, The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World's Favorite Board Game

04/02/2015 By Marty Patail

INTERVIEW

Portland's Mayor Says the Future is Bright—If Anyone Can Still Afford to Live Here

Halfway through his term Portland's mayor reflects on the city's rising skyline, an urban world, and the city's greatest challenge.

03/02/2015 By Zach Dundas

#OREGONWOMAN

Writer and Private Investigator Rene Denfeld on Portland Sexism

"The women are going to raise the kids and the chickens, and the guys are going to drink beer, look like lumberjacks, and throw darts."

02/05/2015 By Zach Dundas

BOOKS & TALKS

Author Michael Chabon Talks Comic Books and Songwriting

The Pulitzer-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay spills the details on his collaboration with Portland comic czar Matt Fraction and British super-producer Mark Ronson in preview of his Jan 15 talk.

01/13/2015 By Allison Jones

BOOKS & TALKS

Insider Secrets on The Princess Bride as Told to Us by Westley Himself

Iconic actor Cary Elwes tells us insider secrets about what it was like making one of the most beloved films of all time. Hear from Elwes yourself at his upcoming Dec. 17 reading from his new book, 'As You Wish'.

12/02/2014 By Eden Dawn and Margaret Seiler

FILM

Cheryl Strayed Talks About Filming 'Wild' with Reese Witherspoon (And Meeting Channing Tatum)

We ask the best-selling author about watching Reese Witherspoon act out her life, getting the fateful call from Oprah, and what's next. The film opens Dec 12.

11/18/2014 By Aaron Scott

MUSIC

What Do David Bowie, Frank Zappa, and the Talking Heads Have in Common? This Man.

Meet one of the lesser-known geniuses of the recording industry—your favorite artist’s favorite guitarist, Adrian Belew. His Power Trio plays the Aladdin Nov. 8.

11/04/2014 By Matthew Schonfeld

BOOKS & TALKS

Lois Leveen on Rewriting ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in 'Juliet's Nurse'

The author retells the iconic love story from the viewpoint of Juliet’s nurse, which involved researching the sex lives of 14th century women and why people were so into fighting. She speaks at Broadway Books Oct 28.

10/23/2014 By Aaron Scott

INTERVIEW

Q&A: Megan Amram Reps PDX as One of the Funniest People on Twitter

The writer for NBC’s Parks and Recreation and one of Rolling Stone’s “25 Funniest People on Twitter”— satirizes women’s-magazine style advice in her debut book, Science … For Her!

10/21/2014 By Catalina Gaitán

BOOKS & TALKS

Carrie Brownstein on Lena Dunham, 'Girls,' and 'Portlandia'

Riot grrrls meets 'Girls" on Oct 19 as the 'Portlandia' star and former Sleater-Kinney guitarist talks with the star of HBO’s 'Girls' about her new book.

10/13/2014 By Aaron Scott

THEATER

Q&A: ‘Kinky Boots’ Star Kyle Taylor Parker on Dancing in Heels

The Tony-winning Broadway show with music by Cyndi Lauper sashays into town with Parker at the lead from October 1–5.

10/01/2014 By Aaron Scott

INTERVIEW

Bon Appétit's Andrew Knowlton on Why Portland Matters

The national food mag's restaurant editor downloads on the state of American dining, Maurice, and the places that keep him coming back to PDX.

09/24/2014 By Karen Brooks

TICKET GIVEAWAY + INTERVIEW

What to Expect at the First Ever Project Pabst—Plus, Win Passes

The Milwaukee brewery sends a love letter to PDX: a three-day music fest. We get the lowdown from the organizers and give away weekend passes.

09/23/2014 By Matthew Schonfeld

THEATER

Playwright Rickerby Hinds on Making Poetry from Police Brutality

Hinds uses hip-hop to turn the story of the killing of a black teen into a poignant theater experience at Milagro, Sept 19–20.

09/16/2014 By Matthew Schonfeld

INTERVIEW

Q&A: Oregonian Emily Harris, NPR's Jerusalem Correspondent

The ex-host of Think Out Loud—OPB’s popular hour-long meditation on national and regional issues—reported from the front lines of the war in the Gaza Strip.

09/11/2014 By Zach Dundas and Aaron Scott

INTERVIEW

Could Mushrooms Offer the Cure for Cancer?

A Q&A with Paul Stamets, one of the nation’s leading mycologists (mushroom scientists)

09/10/2014 By Nicole Cordier

READ 'EM AND EAT

Q&A: Home Baking Guru Sam Fromartz

Author of Organic Inc.: Natural Foods and How They Grew bests the baguette in his latest book about bread, In Search of the Perfect Loaf: A Home Bakers Odyssey.

09/09/2014 By Sarah Ostaszewski

BIG PICTURE

See Portland's Crazy Burning Man Fire Ship

A local artist spent nearly a decade building this thing. For Burning Man. Obviously.

08/01/2014 By Nicole Cordier

CONCERTS

Q&A with T-Pain, Lord of the Party

The Grammy winning R&B star talks about strip clubs, homophobia, and the endurance of Auto-tune ahead of his Friday performance at Roseland.

07/31/2014 By Marty Patail